Guests. We count on good novelists to present us with realistic characters in settings that come to life. Cristina Garcia’s short novel, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, describes six characters at the Hotel Miraflor in the capital city of an unnamed Central American country. In addition to the matadora, Garcia unveils an attorney, a factory owner, a waitress, a colonel and a poet. They have more than the hotel in common. Garcia deftly entangles their lives and stories and does so with wit and poignancy as she brings these interesting and odd characters to life. Readers who can tolerate reading fiction that contains violence, and who can find humor in the midst of oppression and horror are most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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